Statewide Assessment


Statewide Assessment Fall Workshops

September 3, 2019

The Nebraska Department of Education Assessment office will being putting on Fall Assessment workshops. These workshop are intended to provide Districts with valuable information on the 2019-2020 NSCAS Assessment System in Nebraska. Topics will include information on Spring NSCAS Summative Assessments, NWEA Professional Development, and also look at the future of NSCAS.  Below you will find a link to register...Read More › - Statewide Assessment Fall Workshops

Spring 2020 Summative Assessment Test Dates

NSCAS Regional Workshop - October 9-16

Notice of Intent to Apply for a Waiver of Federal Requirement Related to the Percent of Students Who Participate in Statewide Assessments and Opportunity for Comment

To: Public

From: Nebraska Department of Education

Date: December 5, 2019

The Nebraska Department of Education intends to seek a waiver for the 2019-2020 school year of the federal requirement that would limit the number of students in the state who take alternate assessments.  The purpose of this notice is to provide you with an opportunity to comment on this intended waiver request.

Under the requirements of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Nebraska would need to limit the total number of students who could be designated to participate in NSCAS Alternate Assessment (NSCAS-AA) to 1.0 percent of the students who are required to participate in NSCAS.  The aim of the legislation is to prevent an excessive number of students with disabilities from being designated for alternate assessments.  Participation in an alternate assessment may limit their access to the full range of academic content standards and could, as a result, delay or prevent them from eventually meeting the state’s graduation requirements.  Generally, students with significant cognitive disabilities are given alternate assessments because they cannot participate in standard assessments, even with accommodations.

The 1.0 percent cap is applied uniformly across all states, regardless of the relative frequency of students with disabilities in the school-age population.  It is worth noting that Nebraska currently assesses 1.14 percent of its eligible students on the NSCAS-AA. We anticipate making some progress in the next year to lower the percentage of students taking the NSCAS-AA, but reaching the target set by ESSA would likely take Nebraska several years.  In pursuit of this goal, the Department recently shared information and guidance on this topic, and will continue to promote awareness of the need for appropriate assessment of students with disabilities by providing technical assistance.

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to apply for a waiver of this requirement for the coming school year (2019-2020).  The waiver, if granted, will permit Nebraska to gradually reduce the number of students participating in the NSCAS-AA while continuing to provide technical assistance to schools and districts to assist IEP teams to make informed assessment decisions for students with disabilities.

Additional information about the waiver request is available in pdf.

NDE welcomes your comments regarding the intent to apply for this waiver. Comments will be accepted until December 16, 2019.

Questions may be submitted via email .

NSCAS Summative Assessments

  • Measures student performance against NE content area standards.
  •  ELA and Math assessments in grades 3 through 8 – computer-adaptive assessment.
  • Science assessment grades 5 & 8.

NSCAS General Summative AssessmentLearn More

NWEA Nebraska Portal

NWEA Contacts

Alternate assessment tests have been designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities or multi-handicapping conditions, generally less than 1% of the overall student population.

NSCAS Alternative Summative AssessmentLearn More

DRC Insight

DRC Contacts

All students, including special education students and English Language Learners who are in their third-year cohort of high school must participate in the ACT.


ACT Nebraska Portal

ACT Contacts

Year 1: Students are included in participation calculations, but are excluded from the ELA and Math accountability.
Year 2: Results are used in growth measures.
Year 3: Students are included in all accountability calculations.

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21’st CenturyLearn More

ELL Page

ELPA21 Contact

 NSCAS Interim Assessment Supports

Assessments administered at different intervals between instruction to help educators better understand student learning needs and determine growth toward learning goals.

NSCAS Interim AssessmentsLearn More
MAP Growth
NWEA Contacts

Checks for student understanding during instruction. Given as needed, daily in the classroom throughout the year to help teachers address student learning needs in-the-moment.

NSCAS Formative AssessmentsLearn More
TestWiz Contacts

NSCAS Resources

NSCAS Overview

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System Overview

Professional Learning

Technical Reports

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System Technical Reports

Test Development
Opportunities & Applications

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System Test Development & Applications

AQUESTT Accountability 

Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow Website

Nebraska Education

Nebraska Education Profile Page

Important Dates

Important Assessment Dates

Contact Us

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System Assessment Team Contact Page

Updated December 10, 2019 2:50pm